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  1. Delray

    PRICE REDUCED: BMW Passenger Backrest $55

    UPDATE 9/24/22: NO LONGER FOR SALE. Decided to keep it. It now holds my Nelson-Rigg Route One bag in place, which sits on a BMW luggage rack. I'm using this setup in place of a BMW top case -- after finding out the top case is $750 at the dealership. The Nelson-Rigg bag holds more and cost $175...
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    Bought an R 1200 RT ... keeping my C 650 GT.

    Road trip planning .... I live in South Florida and have been planning a month or two stay in my hometown of Rochester, New York. Since getting there is half the fun, I've explored several modes of transportation. 1. Tow my C 650 GT. I bought my Toyota Prius from an attorney who loved to race...
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    Matte Paint Great Detailing Product

    This is a great product if you want the matte paint on your GT to look extra good (product in photo). I've used this on a 2016 Burgman 650 in matte black and now my 2019 GT in matte blue. It's fantastic. Spray a little on one side of a folded microfiber cloth, turn over the cloth and wipe dry...
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    SOLD: PRISTINE '15 BMW C650 GT

    5.4.22 UPDATE: Sold for $5,950. Buyer from Texas picking it up Saturday, 5.7.22. I am buying a 2019 GT in Charleston, South Carolina this weekend and riding it home to Florida. That means my pristine 2015 GT is for sale. Super clean, low miles, well maintained, asking $5,950 (Utopia backrest...
  5. Delray

    Who invented the motorcycle?

    The first gasoline motorcycle was created in Germany in 1885. It was designed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. They also created the first motorboat. This photo of the Reitwagen ("riding car") is an exact replica in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Daimler and Maybach also designed a line of...
  6. Delray

    Tupperware Tip for Maintenance (also, check those CVT filters and kickstands!)

    Picture perfect Saturday in South Florida so I spent it doing maintenance on my GT. New BMW coolant. New Motul oil and BMW filter. Checked the belt and cleaned both CVT filters. Unfortunately, that requires taking off most of the tupperware. Not my favorite task but it's a necessary evil. With...
  7. Delray

    The Low Five Wave ....

    Every rider recognizes the Low Five, the little wave riders exchange when passing each other. I've always enjoyed this show of brotherhood. Over the years, most riders wave and I wave back. Nowadays my return wave has evolved to a full head bow, Japanese style, to show respect. It's easier and...
  8. Delray

    Strapping Down a C650 GT for Towing

    This summer I will tow my 2015 GT up I-95 from Florida to upstate New York and back. I'm picking up a Kendon single-rail, fold up trailer tonight ($1,200 including spare tire). That's it in the photo. For tying down the front of the bike, I see two slots on top of the frame that sits on the...
  9. Delray

    Review of 2022 BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter

    Very happy BMW is jumping into electric motorcycles with both feet. 2022 BMW CE 04 is coming to the USA, now listed for $11,700 Pounds ($15,667 USD). 42hp with top speed of 75 mph. It's basically equal to a 400cc BMW scooter, with no messy gasoline parts. 0 to 30 mph in 2.6 seconds. 0 to 60...
  10. Delray

    How to Attach a Battery Tender Cable

    If you want to keep your battery charged, it's easy to attach a Battery Tender cable to the GT's battery. This is a half-hour DIY project. You need two items: 1) Battery Tender Jr. charger that plugs into the wall, 2) Battery Tender cable with loops that attach to the battery on one end and a...
  11. Delray

    The Joy of Riding

    My son gave me a membership to ancestry.com for Christmas so I've been digging my roots. Everybody has a family tree and we all have stories. The thing that put a big beaming grin on my face was this classified ad. 100-years ago, my great-great grandfather was riding around Rochester, New York...
  12. Delray

    Just Installed New Utopia Backrest

    My Utopia backrest arrived yesterday. I waited a little over a month for my manufacture and ship date. Installation is easy and includes visual and written instructions. Just remove the OEM butt rest (three screws), attach the Utopia backrest to the buttrest with one bolt and washer they...
  13. Delray

    About to buy my 4th C650 GT ....

    Tomorrow, I'm paying my neighbor to drive me four hours from South Florida up to St. Petersburg. Purpose is to pick up a new-to-me C650 GT. It's my fourth. This is a 2015 vs. my current 2013. It has 2,600 miles vs. my current 21,500. It's Sapphire Black Metallic vs. Platinum Bronze Metallic...
  14. Delray

    Time to change front tire?

    Time to put the new tire on? I'm not quite clear on when to make the change. It's easy to do. I take the wheel off and drive it to a motorycle shop near my house. I have the new tire and can change anytime, but don't want to change it prematurely. It's date stamped 2016. Opinions and expertise...
  15. Delray

    Adjusting the Parking Brake

    Noticed my GT rolled a little when I was sitting on it yesterday with the side stand down. With the side stand locked, the rear wheel shouldn't move a millimeter. This morning I took off the muffler (four screws) and rear wheel (five lugs) to have a good look. I had a new pair of parking brake...
  16. Delray

    Just hit 20,000 miles on my C650 GT

    This is my third BMW C650 GT. It's a 2013 model that arrived safely at 20,000 miles this morning. Previously, I owned a white 2016 and a black 2017. Also previously owned four Honda Silver Wing 600's and three Suzuki Burgman 650's, all since Christmas Eve 2016 when I bought my first...
  17. Delray

    FOR SALE 2013 BMW C650 GT

    (UPDATE: THIS IS NO LONGER FOR SALE) Just listed my '13 GT on Facebook Marketplace and thought I'd post here as an FYI courtesy .... I am selling my car and thinking it would be nice to try life with only a bike for awhile. Even though my '13 GT runs like a Swiss watch, it's approaching 20,000...
  18. Delray

    Tire Pressure Readings (RDC) Vanished

    Had a minor issue with tire pressure readings. Posting this in case someone has a similar issue and is searching for info .... Two days ago, my dashboard tire pressure readings disappeared (well-kept 2013 BMW C650 GT with 18,800 miles). I knew it wasn't simultaneous failure because I replaced...
  19. Delray

    Running out of gas? Handy GT tip ....

    Want to know how many miles until you run out of gas? The BMW C 650 GT has a built-in feature that tells you. It's not a direct, "78 miles of range" reading that works anytime like my Prius. But with a few calculations, you get the same result. I'm on my third GT and didn't realize this until...
  20. Delray

    Jeepers Creepers ....

    Riding season just started around my hometown of Rochester, New York and already there's a fatality caused by the #1 reason for motorcycle accidents and deaths: cars turning in front of bikes...
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